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Summary of changes of the 806 – 960 MHz review - 2010

The outcomes and summary of changes for short-range devices, amateur service and studio-to-transmitter links (STLs), as a result of the 2010 review of non-cellular usage in the 806 – 960 MHz band.


Changes for short-range devices and Amateur service

The General User Radio Licence for short-range devices has been amended following the outcomes of the consultation.

From 24 December 2015, the following additional uses will be permitted:

  • 915-921 MHz – allow SRDs with a peak power of 1 W e.i.r.p. and Amateur service with a peak power of 25 W e.i.r.p. (currently used for studio-to-transmitter links)
  • 920-921.5 MHz – allow SRDs with a 1 W maximum transmitter power, employing FHSS or digital modulation, to operate up to a maximum of 4 W e.i.r.p. with a gain antenna.

Changes for studio-to-transmitter links

Two new frequency ranges have been made available for STLs, in addition to the 849-851 MHz and 929-935 MHz bands already allocated in this band:

  • 841-849 MHz, and
  • 928-929 MHz.

These bands are in the Public Information Brochure ‘Fixed service band in New Zealand’ (PIB 22).

The 915-921 MHz band currently used for studio-to-transmitter links (STLs) will be opened for use by SRDs from 24 December 2015. At that time, existing licensees will not be required to exit the band, but their protection from interference will be removed.

Radio Spectrum Management made a transition plan for licensees with STLs in the 915-921 MHz band at the conclusion of the consultation, so that licensees who wish to move to a different band can do so. A copy of the transition plan Schedule of transition frequencies and licences for Studio to Transmitter Links is available. There is no requirement for an affected licensee to take up a replacement licence, or to take it up at a particular time. The replacement licences will remain reserved until the end of 2016, to allow licensees to transition if and when they wish.

Coordination guidelines were developed in the Public Information Brochure ‘Radio Licence Certification Rules’ (PIB 38) aimed at enabling Telecom (which owns the 825-840 MHz management right) and individual STL licensees to coordinate the timing of equipment deployment and the fitting of any necessary filters.

Last updated 9 December 2014